Latin states withdraw envoys from Tel Aviv, not Muslims!

Developing Just Leadership


Shawwal 04, 1435 2014-08-01

Editor's Desk

by Editor (Editor's Desk, Crescent International Vol. 43, No. 6, Shawwal, 1435)

While five Latin American states have withdrawn their ambassadors from Tel Aviv, Muslim regimes that have diplomatic ties with the racist entity have not done so. Why?

Apart from European colonialists and their settlements in North America and Australasia, the rest of the world has expressed abhorrence at Israeli violence against defenceless Palestinians in Gaza. Some have withdrawn their ambassadors from Tel Aviv.

Five Latin American countries—Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and El Salvador—that all suffered colonial domination as well as US imperialism, have withdrawn their envoys from Tel Aviv.

Brazil was one of 29 countries in the UN Human Rights Council that voted on July 17 to investigate Israel over its military offensive in Gaza that the council said constituted war crimes. Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff also expressed “profound concern” over events in Gaza.

Several Muslim countries have diplomatic relations with Israel including Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Others have close informal links such as the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Not one of these countries has withdrawn its envoy in protest over Zionist crimes. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan has criticised the Zionist regime but not taken any concrete action.

If Latin countries can act, why not the Muslims? The Zionists even killed five Egyptian soldiers near the border with Gaza on July 30. Does the Egyptian pharaoh have the moral courage to say anything about this latest Zionist crime or is his wrath only reserved for Islamic strugglers that languish in his dungeons? Similarly, the takfiris that are killing Muslims have no concern for the plight of the Gazans.

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